The islanders went into this match needing a win to secure their spot at the cup finals weekend being held at Alexandra Palace.
And they didn't get off to the start they wanted too, with Nathan Pollard and Sam Barlow taking early penalties. Ryan Sutton took advantage of the powerplay for the Buffalo and tapped in a goal on the backdoor to take the lead. The lead would only last just over 5 minutes before the Islanders hit back on a powerplay of their own. Bradley Moore taking a great pass from Connor Stokes before nicely placing his shot into the top corner. The next goal was vital and it was the islanders who got it. After taking a smart pass from Craig Wallis, Nathan Pollard gained the blue line and unleashed a Slap Shot into the top corner of the Buffalo goal, leaving the goalie with no chance and sending the Islanders into the end of the 1st period with a 2-1 lead.
DALROD Peterborough Islanders – 5
Chelmsford Warriors – 4
In a top of the table clash, with the Islanders searching for their 7th straight win against a Chelmsford side that were unbeaten in the league with 9 wins out of 9.
A physical start to the game, with some big hits thrown in for good measure. It would be Chelmsford to start the scoring off on a 5 on 3 power play. With Callum Worthington Evans and Dale Jowett in the box, Chelmsford were able to take advantage of the extra space .Brandon Ayliffe added the finishing touch to a well worked power play goal just before the 10 minute mark. Islanders then had to kill off a long 5 on 3 chance to keep the scoreline the same, as Bradley Moore and Craig Wallis took a trip to the penalty box. With just over 4 minutes to play in the period the Islanders levelled the game, with some nice work from Craig Wallis to keep the puck in the zone, Conor Pollard passed the puck to Nathan Pollard, who caught the Chelmsford goalkeeper by surprise and let go of a well placed shot through Phillips five hole and go into the period break with the scores level at 1-1. End of period shots were 10 on Dan Lane and 15 on Sonny Phillips.